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2014 Events

We have a great series of events coming up and we keep adding on, so do check regularly! See when our book groups are meeting and what they're reading and meet our many visiting authors - there really is something for everyone. And if you can't make it to the event, just send us an email or give us a call and we can get a book signed for you - no problem!

The Granite Men of Henri-Chapelle  

Saturday, April 26, 2:00-4:00pm
Author event with AIMEE FOGG, author of The Granite Men of Henri-Chapelle

Local veterans’ contributions to history celebrated in this touching book.

 “He was all I had left.” —Mother of SGT William Dierauer, KIA 11/29/44

They rest in a distant land they fought to liberate nearly 70 years ago, their lives ended by war and their stories quieted by time. For 38 New Hampshire World War Two soldiers buried in Belgium, their stories are brought to life once again in The Granite Men of Henri-Chapelle. As WWII drew to an end in 1945, the New Hampshire state legislature adopted “Live Free or Die” as the state’s motto. At the same time, many families throughout the Granite state and the rest of the country prepared to welcome home their service members who had fought to preserve freedom around the world. Thirty-eight New Hampshire servicemen, however, would not be returning home. Instead, they remained in Europe, resting permanently at the sprawling 57-acre American military cemetery called Henri-Chapelle in Belgium. These are not war stories. They are an attempt to illustrate each civilian life before the war as well as capture the essence of the person behind the military rank—to allow each one an opportunity to share his life once again, a life he sacrificed in the pursuit of liberty for his fellow man. As New Hampshire’s statesman Daniel Webster stated on his deathbed in 1852, “I still live.” So too do the men of Henri-Chapelle in this touching and important new book. Join Aimee and PVT Everett Wiggin’s daughter of N. Conway in this Author Meet & Greet.

Aimee Gagnon Fogg holds a bachelors degree in Psychology and History. She has also completed Yad Vashem’s Holocaust certification program. Recently appointed New Hampshire coordinator for Poland Jewish Cemetery Restoration Project, Fogg is also involved with various Jewish cemetery restoration projects and mass grave memorializations throughout Eastern Europe. She is the author of The Wind Wails and There Exists a Fence. Her great-uncle, PFC Paul Lavoie, is among the 7,992 WWII soldiers who rest at Henri-Chapelle. Fogg resides in NH with her family and pets.

ANN HOOD, author of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting,   Tuesday, April 29, 5:00pm
Author talk and knitting circle with ANN HOOD, author of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, co-sponsored with Close Knit Sisters and Kearsarge Inn

Bring in your knitting or simply join us for a cozy circle and author talk with Ann Hood who will share how the power of knitting, stitch-by-stitch, can teach us to live in the moment and let go.

Both knitters and non-knitters alike find serenity in the clicking of needles, the fuzzy array of colors and textures - the artistry of creating something with their own hands. The rhythmic practice has kept us warm for centuries. In KNITTING YARNS: Writers on Knitting, the magic of knitting is captured in black and white through tales of tragedy, acceptance and love. From Anne LeClaire coping with not being able to conceive, to the craft calming Elissa Schapell’s frantic worry, to Hood’s own nightmare of living on after her daughter’s death, Knitting Yarns is a testament to the power of craft to sustain us through human survival and triumph alike. Nestled between twenty-seven original essays by best-selling authors like Barbara Kingsolver (The Poisonwood Bible), Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog), Sue Grafton (D is for Deadbeat), and Anita Shreve (The Pilot’s Wife) are five unique knitting patterns by knitting guru Helen Bingham.

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Apart at the Seams  

Saturday, May 3, 3:00pm
Author event with MARIE BOSTWICK, author of Apart at the Seams, from the Cobbled Court Quilt series

An uplifting addition to the popular Cobbled Court Quilt series!

Are you familiar with Marie Bostwick’s bestselling Cobbled Court Quilt books such as A SINGLE THREAD, THREADING THE NEEDLE and TIES THAT BIND? Drawing on her lifelong love of quilting and themes of special relevance to modern women, Marie’s Cobbled Court Quilt series has gained a dedicated following among quilters as well as those who’ve never threaded a needle and don’t plan to try. Library Journal praised her most recent, saying “Bostwick's series continues to introduce interesting characters and compelling stories that show an appreciation for female friendship as well as a love for the art of quilting.” 

Today Marie lives in Connecticut with Brad, her husband of thirty-one years. When not writing or volunteering for her church, she enjoys quilting, watching movies and sipping tea on the front porch with her friends and spending time with her family and especially playing with her grandsons. Marie travels extensively, speaking at libraries, bookstores, quilt guilds and at quilt shows. Marie is RT Book Reviews 2013 Career Achievement Award nominee and last year’s BETWEEN HEAVEN AND TEXAS was nominated for Best Mainstream Fiction novel of the year.

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Through the Evil Days   Tuesday, May 6, 12:00-2:00p.m.
Luncheon and author talk with JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING, author of Through the Evil Days at Black Cap Grille

Tickets are $20 and include a full meal and author talk. They need to be purchased in advance through the bookstore (356-3200) or the North Conway Library (356-2961)

Discover the inspiration behind award-winning Mystery Fiction Author Julia Spencer-Fleming’s latest riveting book, Through the Evil Days.

On a frigid January night, Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson are called to the scene of a raging fire, that quickly becomes a double homicide and kidnapping. Which is the very last thing Russ needs.... Currently he's struggling with the prospect of impending fatherhood. And his new wife is not at all happy with his proposal for their long-delayed honeymoon: a week in an unelectrified ice-fishing cabin. The vestry of St. Alban's Church has called for the bishop to investigate Clare's "unpriestly" pregnancy. She has one week to find out if she will be scolded, censured, or suspended from her duties. Officer Hadley Knox is having a miserable January as well. Her on-again-off-again lover, Kevin Flynn, has seven days to weigh an offer from the Syracuse Police Department that might take him half a state away.

As the days and hours tick by, Russ and Clare fight personal and professional battles they've never encountered. In the course of this one tumultuous week, the lives of the Millers Kill residents change forever. Readers have waited years for Through the Evil Days and Julia Spencer-Fleming delivers with the exquisite skill and craftsmanship that have made her such a success.

Julia Spencer-Fleming lives near Portland, ME, with her family. She has won the Agatha Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Awards, Dilys Award, Barry Award, the Nero Award, and Gumshoe Awards. Her books feature Clare Fergusson, a retired helicopter pilot turned Episcopal Church priest and Russ Van Alstyne, a police chief. They are set in Millers Kill, a fictional town in upstate New York.
Tickets are required and must be purchased in advance at White Birch Books at 603-356-3200 or the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961.

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Grandmother’s Gues  

Sunday, May 11, 7 p.m. at the Theater in the Woods
An evening with ROBIN SCHOEN, author of Grandmother’s Guest and more at the COLD RIVER RADIO SHOW

Held at the Theater in the Wood in Intervale, Tickets $25, doors open at 6:30

The Cold River Radio Show features exclusively New England based artists, performers, authors and storytellers. We’re selling tickets at the store and we’ll be selling books at the show for New Hampshire author Robin Schoen, who will be talking about her new picture book, Grandmother’s Guest. Get your tickets and come up to the Wood! Purchase a copy of the book at White Birch Books and receive $5 off your ticket!

Based on a true story, Grandmother’s Guest brings history to life with captivating text by Schoen and lush illustrations by Gail Hoar. A visit to her grandmother offers young Alex the comfort of curling up in a favorite wing chair, a lesson in reaching out to a misunderstood neighbor – the Blue Lady, and the remarkable discovery of a mended china creamer at auction. Readers will delight in the richly patterned details of New England life.

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Saturday, May 17th, 11:00am-noon
Children’s Story Hour & Activities with author KAREL HAYES as part of Children's Book Week/Indies First Storytime Day

Stop in for a delightful children’s story hour with activities and a sneak peek at a yet to be published children’s book!
Authors & illustrators love supporting local indie bookstores, just like you do! That’s why New Hampshire author and illustrator, Karel Hayes, is making the trek to appear in our children’s section and read several books as part of Children’s Book Week/Indies First Storytime Day. She’ll also share a sneak peek at a book that she is currently illustrating. Karel has written 5 books, including The Summer Visitors, and illustrated over 20 books. Fun for the family!

THOMAS MICKEY, author of American’s Romance with the English Garden  

Thursday, May 29, 7:00pm
Author talk and Power Point Presentation with THOMAS MICKEY, author of American’s Romance with the English Garden, co-sponsored with Mt. Washington Valley Garden Club.

Gardeners and nature lovers will enjoy this presentation by Master Gardner Thomas Mickey on the tastemakers, homemakers and savvy businessmen who changed the look of America.

At the beginning of the modern garden industry in the 1890s, mass advertising, faster printing, national magazines and free rural mail delivery made it possible to publish seed and nursery catalogs in the millions and send them across the country.  The catalogs encouraged the romantic English garden style in essays, illustrations and ads.  The principle elements of that English garden design included the lawn, small groupings of flowering shrubs, a vegetable garden outback, flowerbeds on the lawn, trees to line the property and a curved walkway. At a time when homeowners were eager to learn how to garden, it was no surprise that Americans everywhere loved the English Garden and the same garden appeared from California to Maine.

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BRENDAN DUBOIS, author of Fatal Harbor  

Saturday, June 7, 2-4p.m.
Author event with BRENDAN DUBOIS, author of Fatal Harbor

In the eighth novel of the acclaimed Lewis Cole series, award-winning author Brendan DuBois returns once again to one of the most appealing heroes in mystery fiction.

Former Department of Defense analyst Lewis Cole has traveled some dark roads before in his quest for justice. Days after a violent anti-nuclear demonstration puts his best friend, police detective Diane Woods, in a near-fatal coma, Cole abandons his job and his home to find the man who nearly killed his friend. From the rural towns of New Hampshire to the offices of power and influence in Washington, D.C., Cole follows his gut and the flimsiest of clues to track down the cold-blooded attacker who won’t hesitate to kill to keep his identity and background secret. Aided by Felix Tinios, a security consultant from Boston’s North End, Cole is shadowed by armed and dark men with their own agenda to stop him from learning the truth about what really happened the day his friend was attacked on the grounds of a controversial nuclear power plant. Suffering loss, heartache, and betrayal along the way, Cole is soon standing alone, facing his own ultimate test in how far he will go to avenge a friend. In the eighth novel of the acclaimed Lewis Cole series, award-winning author Brendan DuBois returns once again to one of the most appealing heroes in mystery fiction.

Brendan DuBois of Exeter, New Hampshire, is the award-winning author more than 130 short stories and seventeen novels including his latest, “Fatal Harbor,” part of the Lewis Cole mystery series.  His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines including Playboy.  He is also a “Jeopardy!” gameshow champion.

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Evil Intentions   Saturday, July 19, 1:00-3:00p.m.
Author Meet & Greet with KD Mason, author of Evil Intentions

Meet author KD Mason, who recently released his fifth book, Evil Intentions, which joins Harbor Ice, Changing Tides, Dangerous Shoals, and Killer Run in his popular Jack Beale Mystery Series.

Each of the books begins and ends in the fictionalized town of Rye Harbor, N.H. The protagonist, Jack Beale, is a nice guy who gets pulled into situations that he would rather avoid, and yet, he must get involved or suffer the consequences. Jack’s on again/off again relationship with the feisty red-haired bartender at Ben’s place, named Max, has also caused much consternation with his fans. Locale also plays an important role in each of the stories with adventures as far away as Newport, R.I., and Belize, from the White Mountains of New Hampshire to Massachusetts’ North Shore and even York, Maine.
A lifelong runner and sailor, KD Mason lives on the New Hampshire seacoast with his wife of over 40 years and two cats, Molly and Sweet Pea. They have two grown children. Recently retired from a lifetime of working in the restaurant business, and tapping into years of sailing, in both the Caribbean and New England, as well as hanging out with an active running community, KD Mason has a wealth of story ideas.

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This Book Was a Tree   Sunday, August 24, 11:00am
Family Crafting & Author Event with MARCIE CUFF, author of This Book Was a Tree: Ideas, Adventures, and Inspiration for Rediscovering the Natural World

Pop into town for family fun on a late Sunday morning!

In This Book Was a Tree, science teacher Cuff issues a call for a new era of pioneers—not leathery, backwoods deerskin-wearing salt pork and hominy pioneers, but strong-minded, clever, crafty, mud pie-making, fort-building individuals committed to examining the natural world and deciphering nature’s perplexing puzzles. Within each chapter, readers will discover a principle for reconnecting with the natural world around them, from learning to be still to discovering the importance of giving back. With a mix of science and hands-on crafts and activities, readers will be encouraged to brainstorm, imagine and understand the world as inventive scientists—to touch, collect, document, sketch, decode, analyze, experiment, unravel, interpret, compare and reflect. Marcie Cuff is a mom, gardener, nature-lover and the creator of the popular blog Mossy, named one of the top 50 Mommy blogs by Babble.

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Thursday, September 18th, 7:00p.m.
Special book discussion with author KATIE HAFNER, based on her memoir Mother Daughter Me

A brave and loving Oprah "Book of the Week" that answers questions about the universal truths of family that are central to all of our lives!

Mother Daughter Me chronicles Katie Hafner's multigenerational living experiment with her elderly mother and teenage daughter that went awry after years of pent-up emotion regarding Katie's mother's alcoholism. Dreaming of a “year in Provence” with her mother, Katie urges Helen to move to San Francisco to live with her and Zoë, Katie’s teenage daughter. Filled with fairytale hope that she and her mother would become friends, and that Helen would become close to her exceptional granddaughter, Katie embarked on an experiment in intergenerational living that she would soon discover was filled with landmines: memories of her parents’ painful divorce, of her mother’s binge drinking and neglect of Katie and her sister, of dislocating moves back and forth across the country, and of Katie’s own widowhood and bumpy recovery. Helen, for her part, was also holding difficult issues at bay. How these three women from such different generations learn to navigate their challenging, turbulent and ultimately healing journey together makes for riveting reading. Explore the complex, deeply binding relationship between mothers and daughters in an author-led discussion with Katie.

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